|08-23-2013 09:47 AM|
|Shade||Good job! It's amazing seeing little milestones like that|
|08-23-2013 05:09 AM|
It is funny how we fawn over our dogs and measure milestones and accomplishments just like a child in school. Indi had transition issues when she came to us and had washed out of SD training, so we have been working pretty diligently to help her with that issue so she can complete her training eventually with me as her handler since I am disabled and confined to a wheelchair. She is super smart and is constantly observing what we are doing so we think it wont be too long and she will be back in training with her brothers and sisters.
|08-23-2013 12:43 AM|
|Gretchen||So nice you are very patient and loving with her.|
|08-22-2013 11:25 PM|
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|08-22-2013 11:02 PM|
Indi made her daddy very happy today
Been working with my 2 YO female on being in the house. Originally when we brought her home she wanted absolutely nothing to do with being inside and would whine, pace and gnash her teeth till she was let out. So we started bringing her into the house after her dinner and a play period. We have been gradually increasing the amount of time we keep her in the house and make sure we are exposing her to regular every days sounds of life in a home. Pots and pans, the dishwasher, TV remotes my nebulizer and dialysis machine. Slowly but surely she is becoming convinced that nothing bad is going to happen to her in the house and she is staying longer and relaxing more every day. I did make one concession to the issue by allowing her to sit beside me on the couch because she calms down and lays down quietly almost immediately if she is allowed to sit with me. Her favorite position is stretched out belly up getting a good old belly rub. So today I am sitting in the back yard and playing fetch when it started to drizzle. I rolled back off the deck and into the enclosed patio. Normally she wont even follow us into the patio but stays outside and looks in the door. Today she decided to follow me onto the patio and just walked through the dog door like she had been doing it for years and went inside. By the time I got my wheelchair inside the house she was belly up on the couch waiting for a belly rub and some lovin. She stayed in the house for a good while till it began thundering and she was not familiar with that noise in the house so she went back outside to play in the rain. But her volunteering to come in of her own accord was a huge milestone for her because she has always had to be brought in on a leash. So we are making progress and I am thrilled almost to tears. I have been working and waiting for her to cross that hurdle and start becoming a house pet. I was starting to wonder if she was ever going to voluntarily come in the house or not. So in 2 1/2 months she has progressed from hiding in the back corner to inviting herself into the house without any help.. I think that call for a treat and a beer!!!